The public is invited to an opening reception featuring the works of Traditional Art Guild Artist Nina Louton from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 in the terminal building at Hot Springs Memorial Field, 525 Airport Road. The collection will remain on display until Mid-October.
Born ninth of ten children on a farm near Lake Ouachita’s Denby Point, Louton began studying art with her mother using paper, clay, cloth, wax, and gourd art as well as clothing design and gardening. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Education degree from Henderson State University in 1970, and a Masters degree in 1991. Married to husband Jimmy in 1969, Louton raised three children. She taught first, third, fifth, and special education for twenty-nine years at Mountain Pine School, near Hot Springs.
Believing that supporting the arts is an important part of being an artist, Louton is a former board secretary of The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, member of several Fine Arts Center committees, Mid-Southern watercolorist, and president of the 2007-2008 Traditional Arts Guild.
The airport is partnering with the Traditional Art Guild to offer a year-long schedule of rotating exhibits, with an opening reception on the third Saturday of each month. For more information on the airport exhibit, contact Louton at 622-3100.
Two Top Barbecue Tours Add Hot Springs Balloons & BBQ Festival to Their Schedules
"If you have ever wanted to take your barbecuing to the next level, then be sure to check out the Great American BBQ Tour," said Ronnie Cates, organizer of Smoke On The Water. The Legends Hot-Air Balloon Rally, which has 25 teams entered, will also be held at the airport, Arrison said. There will be fly-in, hound-and-hare races, target races and other ballooning events. In addition, there will be a free public concert by country music legend Tracy Byrd on Friday night, September 19, at 8 p.m. The Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20. Also, there will be a free classic car show on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. All the activities are free and open to the public. Certain rules for attending the events will apply, Arrison said: No coolers; no dogs; bring lawn chairs as there will be no seating provided; vendors will be on site selling food and beverages; there will be no balloon rides. For more information about the festival call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.